Essence of Other-Emptiness
Jeffrey Hopkins continues his groundbreaking exploration of the Jonangpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism with this revelatory translation of one of the seminal texts from that tradition. Whereas Dolpopa’s massive Mountain Doctrine authenticates the doctrine of other-emptiness through extensive scriptural citations and elaborate philosophical arguments, Taranatha’s more concise work translated here situates the doctrine of other-emptiness within the context of schools of tenets, primarily the famed four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, through comparing the various schools’ opinion on the status of the noumenon and phenomena. Also included is a supplementary text by Taranatha which presents the opinions of a prominent fifteenth-century Sakya scholar, Shakya Chokden, and contrasts them with those of the leading Jonangpa scholar, Dolpopa.
"Anyone eager to understand the currents and interpretation that flowed through Tibetan Buddhist literary culture and contemplative practice will be delighted by this excursion into the works of one of the more colorful and daring among Tibet's intellectual yogins."
—Jules B. Levinson, Ph.D., Light of Berotsana Translation Group
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Taranatha (1575-1634) was one of the leading exponents of the Jonangpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and a prolific author.
Jeffrey Hopkins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, is a seminal and influential scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and the author or translator of over thirty-five books. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and Vancouver, Canada.
Technical Notes 7
The Essence of Other-Emptiness by Taranatha 23
I. General Indication of Presentations of Tenets 25
Non-Buddhist Schools of Tenets 25
Buddhist Schools of Tenets 31
Great Exposition School 34
Sutra School 42
Mind-Only School 52
Middle Way School 55
II. Identifying the Presentation of the Middle 78
The Uncommon Meaning 93
III. Clearing Away Extremes Imputed by Others 102
Twenty-one Differences Regarding the Profound Meaning by Taranatha 117
List of Abbreviations 137
1. Sutras and Tantras 139
2. Other Sanskrit and Tibetan Works 141